Over the years I have had many people, dear friends and loved ones speak truths over me that I had a hard time believing, let alone hearing. They would speak of my beauty or my strength or my character, to name a few.
18 years ago, I would flat out deny what was said and actively and aggressively point out why what they said was not true.
10 years ago, I would minimize what they said by adding things to what they said. “kim you are Beautiful” were their words and in my head I would add “But _________”.
7 years ago I began to learn to simply say Thank You and pretend I believed what they said. This became easier to do than to fight with them over why it wasn’t true.
4 Years ago I began this Road to Beautiful, a journey of physical(weight loss) healing, emotional healing(engaging my emotions) and psychological healing(facing my childhood sexual abuse head on) that would bring about a spiritual beauty that would reflect Jesus back to those who meet me. I had no idea really what this journey would entail but I knew it would be hard and painful. I did not expect or perhaps comprehend the fullness of the joy that could come with facing the hard stuff of life and actually dealing with it instead of running from it. 4 years ago, I began to put myself first. I began to deem myself worthy of the time it would take to invest in me and my healing and wholeness. I decided that regardless of how I felt, I was worth it and no matter what I would act like it. Fake it till ya make it, right?
This year, as I have begun to see the changes in my body and in my heart and in how I view the world and others around me, I realized that something has shifted.
I used to walk in to the gym and feel intimidated, like I didn’t belong there. The other day, I walked confidently into the gym, my head held high, making eye contact with those around me and not avoiding the mirrors. This was MY gym. I belonged there.
The other day, someone told me I was beautiful and I think for the first time ever, I actually believed them. I didn’t question the statement. I didn’t try to justify it or minimize it, not out loud or in my head. I simply believed them. Then I cried.
Happy Tears. What a testament of the healing that has happened on this journey. Bold steps taken 4 years ago to step out on this journey has led to this moment in time, where I have realized, I have dared to fall in love. With myself. Not in a narcissistic or arrogant kind of way, but rather in a way that simply accepts truth that has always been present and that I can now believe and embrace.
As I realized all of this, I wonder if this shift in belief happened sometime earlier and if this shift in belief about myself is what has actually brought about my recent weight loss success(combined with Leif and Tate’s expertise). I don’t have scientific proof about whether what you believe about yourself effects weight loss, but I dare you to try it. I dare you to fall in love with yourself, make yourself and your health a priority, to fake it til you make it…and see what happens in your own journey.